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A 21-year-old female asked:

i heard there's hormonal pills for hirsutism. ..excessive hair growth, i'm black and i was wondering do these pills stop hair growth on head as well?

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Dr. Demetrios Herodotou
Specializes in Endocrinology
No: No, they work on the areas where the hair follicle is sensitive to (male) hormones by inhibiting the effect of testosterone which accelerates growth. In the case of the head (scalp) hair the excessive testosterone effect leads to hair falling (androgenetic alopecia) and this can be mitigated by the anti hirsutism pills. Thus these pills would slow head hair falling, not slow hair growth on head.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What will help reduce excess hair growth?

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Dr. Carolyn Quist
Gynecology 35 years experience
Depends on where is: Excess hair growth can be due to genetics or abnormal hormones. Waxing, shaving, plucking, and laser removal can result in removal of the excess hair. Hormone changes can help slow down or stop excess hair growth in certain areas. There are creams for the face that can slow down hair growth, birth control methods can help as well as thyroid hormones if that is a cause. Depends on underlying cause.
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Excess hair growth annoying me! if I wax will it regrow thicker?

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Dr. Carolyn Quist
Gynecology 35 years experience
No: The number of hair follicles is not due to whether you wax or not. Their is a certain number of hair follicles and they regrow based on that. Overtime if you wax frequently enough then the number can actually decrease.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can I get help for excess hair growth?

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Dr. Khaled El Hoshy
Dermatology 46 years experience
Need evaluation: Excessive hair growth in a female, if occurs on face, around navel, or between breasts, needs evaluation for cause. Could be drug-related, or can be related to hormonal changes. Best to see a dermatologist, or an endocrinologist to do further work up , if needed.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Excess hair?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hirsutism: Hairs are strands that grow from the epidermis and are composed of Keratin. Excess hair grows in parts of the body where it would usually be absent or minimal.,

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